Ms. Rachel Gemo's Notes

Head of Parish School (PK-12) 


In This Week's Notes For Your Reference

  • Teacher Committees for 2018-19 School Year

  • Faculty and Staff FACEBOOK (link) (updated doc is coming soon)

  • Faculty and Staff Lounge Cleaning Assignments

  • UPLOAD PHOTOS HERE (use this link)

  • Important Dates Coming Up for all to Know

  • Congratulations to Colleen Fahrenbach, Secondary School Counselor, on Being Selected at November Employee of the Month (new)

  • Time to Nominate the December Employee of the Month - There are many faculty members definitely deserving. Make a colleague’s day by nominating him or her. The deadline is Thursday, December 20th.

  • Sign Up for Labyrinth Prayer Experience (new)

  • Northwestern University Center for Talent Development Looking for Part Time Instructors for Enrichment Courses (new)

  • Resources Provided by Ann Kulig and Kristi Enriquez regarded Anxiety Training this past Tuesday (new)

  • Order Your Spirit Scarves now from HSA

  • Invite for Friday Night Christmas SPIRITS and Parish Christmas Concert

  • Faculty Life is putting on a Christmas Potluck

  • NCEA April Conference Volunteers Needed - Do you want to lend a hand?


Important Dates Coming Up

  • December 9th - Christmas Craft Fair in GYM and Scholastic Book Fair in Library

  • December 10th - 4th grade Reconciliation

  • December 11th - Grades 1-12 Mass with Bishop Bartosic at 8:30AM

  • December 11th - 7th Grade Reconciliation

  • December 11th - Divine Renovation Parish meeting 7PM in Beaven

  • December 12th - Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

  • December 12th - Kindergarten and ES Admissions Coffee and Open House 8:10 to 9:30AM

  • December 12th - Faculty Life Potluck

  • December 14th - please be sure you have completed Week 3 Advent activities by this day

  • December 14th - We host the Alderman’s Senior Christmas lunch in GYM

  • December 14th - Parish Christmas concert - all invited (invitations coming)

  • December 17th - 21st - GYM CLOSED ALL WEEK FOR CONCERT SET UP/REHEARSALS

  • December 18th - 8th Grade Reconciliation

  • December 19th -9AM Preschool Christmas Concert in GYM

  • December 19th - 12th Grade Reconciliation

  • December 20th - ES Christmas Concerts at night

  • December 21st - All School Advent Mass/Christmas Mass

  • SAVE THE DATE - PARISH AND SCHOOL EMPLOYEE CHRISTMAS PARTY - FRIDAY, JAN 11th from 4:30 to 6:30PM - Place TBD - we are hoping to host it off campus this year - more to come


Congratulations to Colleen Fahrenbach, Secondary School Counselor, on Being Selected at November Employee of the Month (new)

We had six NOMINATIONS for November and Colleen Fahrenbach was chosen. Her colleagues wrote: Colleen is helping our high school students succeed, as well as supporting the social/emotional needs of our middle school.  She pitches in where ever needed. She is a quiet, humble leader among our secondary school staff.

Here are the other nominees for November:

Peter White goes above and beyond to help his students. You will find Peter here bright and early each morning working with students, often from the goodness of his heart. He coaches numerous teams and spends time really getting to know the students. He has completed the 4th grade team and we are so lucky to have him here at St. Ben's!

Alan Foley is always working to help keep our campus up and running as smoothly as possible. He is positive, helpful, hard working, and is such an important part of the school and parish community!

Joe Accardi Annual School Fund promo, Alumni events, Italy Agora and more!  Joe Accardi make so much happen for our school. We are blessed to have him. 

Nancy Uczen has really pitched in to cover both absences for Cathy Nota and Dradyne E. Nancy steps in where ever needed and  does so with a smile. 

Kristen Hayes has done an excellent job handling the day to day issues in the preschool while Rachel Waldron is recovering.  Everyone knows that they can come to her with a problem and that she will follow through until it is resolved.  She has taken on this role seamlessly while maintaining her regular workload, and we are all grateful to her for her efforts.  


Time to Nominate the December Employee of the Month - There are many faculty members definitely deserving. Make a colleague’s day by nominating him or her. The deadline is Thursday, December 20th.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=4aP2WaCWNU-RnFx-jNLG4hJvQKNQwfJFg0t06BH8sx5UNjdRR0UwTE9USjkzRFNBTUdQNENCOURVWS4u


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Please schedule time with your students to take part of this special MEDITATIVE Prayer this Advent. Kim McMillan has scheduled for this Labyrinth to come to St. BEN’s. It will be in the Ackerman on December 19th and 20th. She will explain how to do the prayer to your students and then give the students time to complete. This fits in with the social emotional health discussion we had this past week, as well as our faith retreat back in November. What a great way to have your students meditate and reflect prayerfully during this Advent.

Please sign up only one homeroom at a time. This could be good for grades 2 and up. Thanks!

Click here to sign up


Northwestern University Center for Talent Development Looking for Part Time Instructors for Enrichment Courses (new)

Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development (CTD) is currently hiring instructors for their 8-week winter weekend session. These 2.5-hour courses are designed for academically talents students, ranging in age from pre-kindergarten to grade 8. See the jobs webpage for details and to begin an application. Please also share this information with any educators in your network who may be interested.

Locations and Days:

  • Saturdays in Evanston, Chicago, Palatine, Naperville

  • Sundays in Evanston

  • January 19 – March 10

Pay

  • Instructors: $880 per half-day, 8-week course

Courses:

  • A variety of courses across subject areas are offered at each of our sites, but here are just a few that are taking place this winter:

    • Science Spies: Snooping for Answers (Age 4)

    • Business is Booming (PreK-K),

    • Electronics: Circuits & More (K-1)

    • Mathemagicians (Gr. 1-2)

    • Changes & Solutions: Chemistry in Action (Gr. 2-3)

    • Math, Music & Composition (Gr. 2-3)

    • Game Design & Construction (Gr. 3-4)

    • Biomimicry: Nature-Inspired Design & Engineering (Gr. 5-7)

    • Interactive Programming: Python & Robots (Gr. 6-8)

    • Microcontrollers in Action: Programming & Electronics (Gr. 6-8)

Please contact Kate Cichon at katherine.cichon@northwestern.edu with questions.


Resources Provided by Ann Kulig and Kristi Enriquez regarded Anxiety Training this past Tuesday (new)

CLICK HERE 


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THE SBPS Spirit Scarves - Available for purchase now - limited quantities!

The HSA's Spirit Shop will be open for business and selling scarves the day of the Christmas Craft Fair! Please see the attached flyer for details. We want to give SBPS Faculty and Staff the opportunity to purchase scarves in advance.  You can provide payment via Venmo. You can find us at: @StBens-HSA. We will also accept cash or checks in the HSA mailbox. If you would like to purchase a scarf/ves, please send an email to jennifer_g_ryan@yahoo.com, letting us know how many you would like and how you plan to pay. 

Happy Holidays! The HSA


Make Your Friday Night Festive with a Faculty & Staff Gathering and then Join the St. Ben’s Community at the Parish Christmas Concert, Featuring Many of our Students (updated)

From 4-6PM Staff Happy Hour by Faculty Life - The Faculty Life Committee would like to plan a holiday event at Augie's next Friday, December 14th from 4-6pm.  Augie's is located at 1721 W Wrightwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60614. Please add your name to the doc below to RSVP.  We'll grab a few tables when we arrive.

Augie's Sign Up 12-14-18.docx Looking forward to seeing you then! -The Faculty Life Committee

Parish Christmas Concert 7PM Beginning at 7PM (please arrive starting around 6:30PM - the Church does get full) - As in years past, all faculty and staff received a ticket for the event. If you didn’t receive one, please see Christa O’Keefe. It truly is a beautiful event, featuring our wonderful school choir, a professional level adult choir, and a 45 piece symphonic orchestra. Not to mention, there is a reception to follow with plenty of adult beverages directly following the concert. This concert, in its 6th year, has become a St. Ben's tradition and I sincerely hope you can attend. Best, Jeremy 


Faculty Life is putting on a Christmas Potluck

Faculty Life is putting on a Christmas Potluck and wold love for you to participate! It will take place in the faculty lounge on Wednesday, December 12th from 10:30-1:30 PM. We have added soups, salads, and dessert options. For the salads you can choose to just buy a bag of salad or bring a homemade one. Then we have added toppings for people to sign up for so you can Build Your Own Salad. Please mark the excel sheet of what you will be bringing along with your name. We do ask that if you plan to participate and eat at the Potluck that you have contributed something. Thanks!
Faculty Life

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NCEA April Conference Volunteers Needed - Do you want to lend a hand?

Thank you in advance to all of our schools for your help volunteering during the NCEA convention! This is a follow up to the special broadcast sent this morning. If you missed the email, you may read the letter here. Below is the link to a sign-up form to volunteer for the convention. We need over 600 volunteers total. We need and appreciate everyone’s help! We ask that all of our principals and teachers sign up for one slot. Volunteer slots are approximately 2 to 2 ½ hours in length.

NCEA Volunteer Form
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0848AEA82AA6F85-ncea3